| Students perform during the 46th foundation day celebrations of AAU in Jorhat on Tuesday. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, April 1: Assam Agricultural University (AAU) celebrated its 46th foundation day here today. The event followed the human resource development ministry’s recent declaration that put the university on a par with the best universities in the state.
Today’s events were a celebration of the university’s growth, success and coming of age.
The cultural programme began with a jhumur dance followed by students from different states — Kerala, Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra, Rajasthan —showcasing folk dances of their respective states. A spirited rendition of the song Bharat humko jaan se pyaara hai followed.
The dance medley staged by the students at the end of the foundation day lecture by Kaziranga University vice-chancellor V.M. Salokhe, conveyed how the university had gone beyond the region and integrated into the national mainstream.
AAU vice-chancellor K.M. Bujarbaruah in his speech referred to the UGC report on Assam, put up on the website of the HRD ministry, wherein it is mentioned that AAU is one of the finest universities in Assam. The tea husbandry department of the university, which offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, was also given special mention.
“My gift to the university is to bring the best education system to agriculture students and for teachers to give their best in teaching and taking up the other challenges in research and production,” Bujarbaruah said.
He said his recent sojourn to Cornell University, USA, had showed him how thoroughly students are taught there.
“In agronomy classes, a group of about 20 students were not just taught about an insect but they also had to study its physiology, what diseases it causes, its relation with the soil, growth, every aspect of the insect had to be studied in a holistic way,” the vice-chancellor said.
He also referred to Jivan, a publication in the state by Jivan Initiative, which had placed AAU in the list of Special Top Ten things in Assam.
Salokhe, an agricultural engineer who had served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, made a presentation on Green Technology, Road to Sustainability.
The Kaziranga University vice-chancellor showed a series of innovations and inventions, including an advanced elevator that uses less energy.
“With a burgeoning world population and increased demand for food, the challenges before agriculture scientists is to find methods, techniques and machines that would incorporate green technology and result in sustainable development,” he said.